Saturday, October 12, 2013

So, an update on what happened to me...

 
 
There's actually a lot of truth in that pic, by the way...
 
Okay, on Oct 2 at 3 am I got out of bed to used the bathroom... or that was the plan. What I found was my right side was numb. My leg wouldn't support me and my arm just flopped around uselessly. Scared half to death, I woke up the hubby and he called for an ambulance.
 
Folks, the early results said I'd had a stroke. And for the record, I'm only 43. Then the tears started because my whole right side was just... gone. Totally numb. And I'm right-handed. I could not control my hand at all.
 
The good news: at 10:45am feeling started coming back in my right side. I could walk, talk, move perfectly. My face hadn't drooped like most stroke victims. I looked like I always did. Then the tests started... CAT scan, MRI, angiogram, ultra sounds on my neck and heart... which mean no eating after midnight on those days. *Yuck*
 
The results: I did have a stroke, a VERY light stroke. Damage was on the left side of my brain, which was why I went numb on the right side for a short while.
 
Guess you'd say it was a warning of what COULD  have happened. Tests showed the left side of the carotid artery was 90% blocked. Yeah, that's freaking huge. That led to surgery this past Monday to get all the junk out of the artery.
 
The surgery went well, I'm happy to say. I got to go home Tuesday. Oh yeah, they have me doped up on good stuff too, along with a bunch of other pills I now have to take. I go back to see the surgeon at the end of the month. Not real happy with the scar that runs down the left side of my neck... but considering I could have died... I'll deal with it, lol. Even if I do look like Frankensteins Bride right now.

This, of course, means I won't be going to GRL. There's just no way. Hell, I can't get through the day without several pain meds, and they won't let me drive for 4 weeks. Then  PT will start. The stroke did effect my balance somewhat. And I hate that because there were folks I wanted to meet at GRL. *sigh* Stupid stroke, lol.
 
So... I'm not on the computer much. I'm still pretty fuzzy but I am checking stuff on my phone. I don't always answer, but I am getting the notes and emails.  It's frustrating trying to type this hopped up on drugs lol, and y'all know my typing can be rather... wild.... on a good day, lol. My thoughts are all over the place. This little note has taken over an hour, and that's waaaaay too long. The pain med is great, but man, it makes me nuts lol.
 
OH! This is the 9th day that I stopped smoking too. Having a stroke is pretty stong motivation for stopping.
 
I'll be back, guys. For having a stroke, I'm pretty much back to normal already. Just as soon as I can get off the damn pain med, lol, I can try to get back to work. Wrapped in Leather is going into editing soon, and The Harvest: Taken is coming right along. I did get the cover draft for Harvest Sunday before surgery. I really like it. I okay'd the cover so there shouldn't be any changes. I just need to email the CA and make sure I can show what she sent.
 
 Love ya guys, I'll take to ya soon. :)
~Michelle

18 comments:

  1. i have to have that exact same surgery. my carotid on the left side is almost 88%. hoping to get it done next month. hope your feel better soon woman.

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  2. That sounded very scary.
    I hope you feel %100 fine in no time.
    Take good care of yourself.

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  3. Michelle I am so glad you made it out ok. Im also glad they were able to find the problem and fix it. I wish you the best of luck with recovery and PT. Im sorry you had to miss your conference. Have you asked any of the girls maybe if they can stream it via web and you can meet them that way? So I have one ? while you are on and you do not have to answer until you are better and able to write. While in the hospital Did you finally get a name for DOC? =) hugs sweetheart. Get better and God bless.

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  4. That totally sucks, but I am so glad you're ok :) Get better soon!!!!!

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  5. Michelle,

    I'm very glad you're doing okay and hope you'll feel better (and especially be pain-free) very soon.

    ~ Chris

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  7. Original comment had a typo. Glad to hear you're on the mend. Take care of yourself.

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  8. What a horribly scary experience. I am glad you are on the mend though and fingers crossed you are back to full strength before long.

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  9. oMG so scary I'm so happy you're getting better and I hope everything works out fine and take your time we understand. *hugs and flowers*

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  10. That's probably one of the scariest things that can happen. Glad they caught it, hope you feel better soon!

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  11. Wow! Scary:( Glad you came out of all that as well as you did. Sorry about GRL but considering....THANK GOODNESS! Take care. (((hugs)))

    Tj

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  12. I'm so sorry to hear what you've been through. I'm just glad they figured out the problem and could fix it. We'll all be thinking of you as you continue to heal.

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  13. Sorry to hear you are going thru this. I hope you feel better soon! Take care of yourself!

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  14. Gosh, what a reality check. Take care ofnyourself first and foremost.

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  15. Sorry to read about what's been happening to you. Wishing you the best in your recovery and a stronger new you after all of this!

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  16. Take care.

    Sally halliday

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  17. I am glad u r doing well and I wish u a swift recovery. I'm sorry u won't be able to go to the convention, I know how much u were looking forward to it. Get well soon

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  18. Sorry to hear about your health but so glad you are doing better. Take care of you!

    -Chelle

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